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Ascent of West Baldy on 2009-06-27

Climber: Mark Habermeyer

Date:Saturday, June 27, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Baldy
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9988 ft / 3044 m

Ascent Trip Report

Despite not having a hiking partner (Andrew stayed up too late packing his mom's car on her journey to Colorado), I decided to give Mt. Baldy a try today. I had originally wanted to bag 5 peaks on this trip (Harwood, Baldy, West Baldy, Dawson and Pine) but soon felt that this was a little too ambitious considering my physical conditioning! It was a bluebird day for sure with temps in the mid 70's.

I got an early start (6:10am from Torrance) and arrived at chair #1 at the Mt. Baldy ski resort at 7:30am. After buying my round trip ticket (this used to be a nominal fee but now costs $18 - talk about inflation!!), I started my journey for the day. There was a light breeze blowing most of the day so the sun was not too unbearable. I'm still not in my best hiking shape so I forgot just what an uphill adventure this was going to be! (2,993 ft. gain/loss) I marked my exit point from the trail (001 on the map) as I traversed up the scree slope of Mt. Harwood.

This wasn't that difficult to gain the top. After a quick break I headed back down and rejoined the main trail (002 on the map). It was an extremely busy day on the backbone trail with many people going up and down.

I reached the top before noon only to be greeted by hoards of hikers!! (My estimate was well over 50!)

I didn't stay too long and decided to have lunch on the top of West Baldy which I hadn't bagged before. Other than two other hikers I had the top to myself!

An amazing view with wonderful solitude and a light breeze. I left just after noon and made it back to the notch by 2pm. Here is a log of my travels:

07:45 am Mt. Baldy ski resort parking lot
08:09 am Baldy Notch
08:56 am Start of backbone of trail
09:55 am Mt. Harwood
11:06 am Mt. Baldy
11:41 am West Baldy
02:01 pm Baldy Notch

This was another amazing day of hiking in SoCal!
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear



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